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This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

TV Licensing Milestone for Retired Bank Manager


A retired bank manager from Devon has just chalked up his one-hundredth TV Licensing threatogram, despite having ditched his TV set more than two decades ago.

It was 1997 when Derek Cheesebrough first wrote to TV Licensing, the BBC's revenue collection arm, to notify them that he had no legal need for a TV licence.

Every couple of months since then, regular as clockwork, a red-lettered TV Licensing missive has dropped through Mr Cheesbrough's letterbox threatening him with prosecution for a crime he has not committed - the heinous crime of receiving "live" TV programmes, or BBC on-demand programmes, without a valid TV licence.

He received his first TV Licensing threatogram the very next week after cancelling his licence.

Mr Cheesbrough claimed that the threatening TV Licensing letters represent "a ruthless, uncaring programme of inducing mental duress to require an innocent recipient to reply when they have no legal obligation to do so".

Despite the evolution of technology, Mr Cheesbrough's non-viewing habits have not changed. He still has no legal need for a TV licence as he never watches normal TV programmes on any device, nor does he watch or download BBC on-demand programmes.

Keeping with tradition, a TV Licensing PR harlot scuttled along in an attempt to defend its treatment of Mr Cheesbrough and the thousands of other pensioners needlessly terrorised just like him.

"We try not to trouble people who genuinely don’t need a licence," the TV Licensing gobshite said.

"We have a duty to enforce the law and so we write to all addresses where there is no TV licence or a current declaration to say that one isn’t needed."

As is normally the case, the TV Licensing PR harlot forgot to mention two very important points. 

Firstly, of the 100,000 threatograms posted by TV Licensing every single working day, by its own admission at least 80,000 of those are destined for correctly unlicensed properties; Secondly, despite its regular pretence to the contrary, no-one is obliged to respond to TV Licensing's caustic missives or confirm their no-TV status.

There has never been a better time to cancel your BBC TV licence, starve the beast and take up an alternative legally-licence-free mode of viewing.

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Sunday, 11 August 2019

BBC Squanders £300k on Unused Fares and Hotel Bookings


The BBC is again under fire for the relentless way it pisses TV licence fee payers' money against a wall.

Figures obtained by the Sunday Express show that over the last 4 years the national broadcaster paid for 4,407 rail tickets, 1,339 taxi journeys and 568 hotel rooms that went unused and unrefunded.

Aborted rail journeys cost the BBC £219,000; abandoned taxi journeys cost £21,000; and unused hotel rooms cost £57,000.

Simon Richards, chief executive of the Freedom Association, said: "At a time when many families are watching every penny in order to afford a summer holiday for their children, the BBC has admitted to wasting over £200,000 on cancelled rail fares.

"It's a sign of a cavalier attitude to TV licence payers’ money, at a time when the BBC is intent on scrapping free licences for the elderly.

"The BBC not only splashes out excessive salaries to millionaires, such as Gary Lineker, but seems incapable of exercising the kind of basic avoidance of waste licence payers have to exercise in their everyday lives.

"It's time to axe the TV tax and make the BBC follow the same disciplines as private sector broadcasters."

With the cost of a BBC TV licence having recently risen to £154.50, this latest BBC splurge is the equivalent of around 2,000 TV licence fees.

This most recent example of BBC financial impropriety follows hot on the heals of the Corporation's decision to tighten the eligibility criteria of the "free"over-75 TV licence, having told the Government that it was too impoverished to continue funding the full concession.

A BBC spokesman said: "As a 24-hour international broadcaster, a significant amount of travel is inevitable and the nature of our work means plans can often change at short notice.

"We are always mindful of costs and have strict policies in place.

"Overall we have cut costs and made significant savings so 95 per cent of the money we control is spent on what matters most – the content and services our audiences love."

The content our audiences love? Deluded much?!

There has never been a better time to cancel your BBC TV licence, starve the beast and take up an alternative legally-licence-free mode of viewing.

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Saturday, 3 August 2019

TV Licensing Exploiting Tradespeople


We have just been made aware of an incident where a TV Licensing goon extracted information from a courier delivering a package to the property they were visiting.

When questioned by the TV Licensing goon, the courier confirmed the name of the occupier as typed on the label of the package.

TV Licensing goons should not be seeking personal data from third parties; third parties should not be divulging personal information to TV Licensing goons.

The chance of a TV Licensing goon and tradesperson visiting an unlicensed property at the same time is quite remote. However, if it does happen the tradesperson needs to be made quite aware of the data protection implications of disclosing confidential information to TV Licensing.

In the past we have heard tales of TV Licensing goons rummaging through wheelie bins in an effort to gather intelligence on unlicensed properties. For that reasons we'd encourage people to keep their bins secure and ensure that documents bearing personal information are obliterated prior to disposal.

We know that TV Licensing goons do not obey the usual rules of society, so we'd encourage the occupiers of unlicensed properties to be vigilant and wise to TV Licensing tricks.

TV Licensing goons cannot be trusted under any circumstances.

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